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in Nepal widows are considered to be social pariahs who are despised, insulted and abused. It makes no difference if the husband died from natural causes or was killed fighting in a war. Their widows are cursed

November 13, 2009

For those who think Christianity has oppressed women:

You would expect a woman who has been widowed to be afforded sympathy from her family and friends at the very least. But in Nepal widows are considered to be social pariahs who are despised, insulted and abused. It makes no difference if the husband died from natural causes or was killed fighting in a war. Their widows are cursed. (In)… this disturbing situation…the women’s own family will be angry with them for being a financial burden (there’s little chance of remarrying). One man openly admits he is so irritated with his 13-year-old daughter who was widowed a year ago that he beats her and treats her as a slave. The in-laws are just as cruel, considering widows to be bad luck and holding them responsible for the death of their son. No wonder married women pray that their husbands will live a long time… one Hindu religious leader…explains that the widows are being punished for a sin in a previous life. He even suggests that the traditional practice of sati (where the wife throws herself on her husband’s funeral pyre) should be resurrected.

TV Times review of Channel 4’s Unreported World, broadcast 13/11/9

I used to wonder what on earth drove women in India to want to throw themselves on their husbands funeral pyre. But there was the carrot and the stick. The carrot was the (delusional) hope of a better reincarnation; the stick was the kind of social exclusion this programme narrates. Why, the poor widow reasoned, should I live in this body and suffer from even those closest to me, when I can perhaps achieve moksha (liberation from the cycle of existence) or at least a better go next time around? Ideas have consequences.

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The soul is never born nor dies at any time

October 20, 2009

Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The soul is never born nor dies at any time. The soul has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. The soul is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. The soul is not slain when the body is slain…As a human being puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.

(Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 20, 22)

This is the Hindu belief of the eternal soul. It contradicts the Biblical teaching:

it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9.27)

They cannot both be true. At least one, logically, is false.


Hitler’s belief in reincarnation

September 26, 2009

By what would you have me replace the Christians’ picture of the Beyond? What comes naturally to mankind is the sense of eternity, and that sense is at the bottom of every man. The soul and the mind migrate, just as the body returns to nature. Thus life is eternally reborn from life.

Hitler, Alan Bullock, p.390

For more on Hitler’s rejection of Christianity etc. see here from Hitler’s Table Talk.

I have been striving to attain moksha

September 21, 2009

What I want to achieve, what I have been striving and pining to achieve these thirty years, is self- realization, to see God face to face, to attain moksha.*

Gandhi

* moksha is the Hindu idea of escape/release from the wheel of rebirth/reincarnation and to attain mystical union with God/Brahman.

People are driven to act by their worldview.

The Judgement not reckoned in man’s thinking

August 5, 2009

Death is one of two things. Either it is an annihilation, and the dead have no consciousness of anything, or … it is really a change – a migration of the soul from this place to another. Now if there is no consciousness but only a dreamless sleep, death must be a marvelous gain … because the whole of time … can be regarded as no more than a single night.

Socrates, in Plato, Apology

There is, however, a third possibility: Judgement. And Socrates didn’t reckon on that until it was too late.